Twin Cities Media Refusal of Mayoral Ads Called 'Ugly Precedent' for the Future

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MINNEAPOLIS/St. PAUL – Six radio stations and one TV station here have refused to run advertising for mayoral candidates in races here, testing the public-interest statutes and raising protests from candidates and agencies.
‘We assess whether or not we’re going to run advertising for any election and in this case, we just made a judgement call that we weren’t going to accept any political ads at all,’ said Harold Crump, gm for ABC affiliate KSTP-TV.
In addition to KSTP, six FM radio stations, including KSTP-FM, WLTE-FM, KQRS-FM, KTCZ-FM, KDWB-FM and KQQL-FM, are refusing political ads.
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